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Comparison of performance of some common Hartmann-Shack centroid estimation methods
Author(s): C. Thatiparthi; A. Ommani; R. Burman; D. Thapa; N. Hutchings; V. Lakshminarayanan
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Paper Abstract

The accuracy of the estimation of optical aberrations by measuring the distorted wave front using a Hartmann-Shack wave front sensor (HSWS) is mainly dependent upon the measurement accuracy of the centroid of the focal spot. The most commonly used methods for centroid estimation such as the brightest spot centroid; first moment centroid; weighted center of gravity and intensity weighted center of gravity, are generally applied on the entire individual sub-apertures of the lens let array. However, these processes of centroid estimation are sensitive to the influence of reflections, scattered light, and noise; especially in the case where the signal spot area is smaller compared to the whole sub-aperture area. In this paper, we give a comparison of performance of the commonly used centroiding methods on estimation of optical aberrations, with and without the use of some pre-processing steps (thresholding, Gaussian smoothing and adaptive windowing). As an example we use the aberrations of the human eye model. This is done using the raw data collected from a custom made ophthalmic aberrometer and a model eye to emulate myopic and hyper-metropic defocus values up to 2 Diopters. We show that the use of any simple centroiding algorithm is sufficient in the case of ophthalmic applications for estimating aberrations within the typical clinically acceptable limits of a quarter Diopter margins, when certain pre-processing steps to reduce the impact of external factors are used.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 March 2016
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 9693, Ophthalmic Technologies XXVI, 969321 (4 March 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2219857
Show Author Affiliations
C. Thatiparthi, Indian Institute of Technology Madras (India)
A. Ommani, Univ. of Waterloo (Canada)
R. Burman, Jadavpur Univ. (India)
D. Thapa, Univ. of Illinois at Chicago (United States)
N. Hutchings, Univ. of Waterloo (Canada)
V. Lakshminarayanan, Univ. of Waterloo (Canada)
Univ. of Michigan (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9693:
Ophthalmic Technologies XXVI
Fabrice Manns; Per G. Söderberg; Arthur Ho, Editor(s)

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